The Howell Mountain AVA (American Viticultural Area) was the first location unique and distinct enough to receive a sub-appellation designation of California's first AVA, Napa Valley. One of the most sought after, ultra-premium wine growing regions, located in the mountains east of St. Helena, the Howell Mountain AVA is defined by elevation, spreading across the mountain slope, its elevation ranging from 1,400 - 2,300 feet above sea level and #abovethefog — this is forestland with most of the surrounding acreage wild and unplantable.
The unique climate and rugged soil conditions found on Howell Mountain are the key to consistent achievement of excellent wines from this historic appellation. Warm days and cool nights in the summer give rise to a wonderfully balanced chemistry within each tiny berry. As Autumn comes to the mountain, a slight temperature inversion consistently appears, resulting in ripeness that unleashes the bold flavors and structured tannins for which Howell Mountain is famous. Sparse well-draining soils of volcanic ash and gravely loam work in conjunction with the unique micro-climate to produce small amounts of extraordinary fruit per acre.
To learn more about Howell Mountain, please visit: Howell Mountain Vintners & Growers Association